Orientation 2020: J.D. Students

Orientation 2020


Miami Law’s faculty and administration look forward to welcoming the Class of 2023!

Important information and materials for 1L Orientation, including all Zoom links, will be posted in Blackboard

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The 2020 1L Orientation schedule is now available here and on Blackboard  


Our 1L Orientation program will kick off on Monday, August 10th, with our annual opening plenary, featuring welcome remarks by our Dean, SBA President, and other distinguished alumni.  Additional Orientation programming will include Diversity in Leadership, Strategies for Success, Mindfulness and Wellbeing at Miami Law, and the ever-popular Upper Level Student Panels. Orientation week will cap off on Friday, August 14th with your first Legal Communication and Research Skills (LComm) class. All programs are mandatory and will be held on Zoom.  

As detailed in the Orientation schedule, you will be attending sessions for about half of each day, permitting time to prepare for the start of classes on Monday, August 17th.

On the evening of Friday, August 14th, our Law Alumni Association and Law Parents and Partners Committee will host their Annual Welcome Reception. This virtual reception will provide an opportunity for your family members to meet our Dean, faculty and administrators.

Prior to August 10th you will receive your section assignment, class schedule, first class reading assignments and booklists. Once you receive this information, you can buy books, get to know your section mates, and begin your reading assignments.  To assist with your initial reading assignments, our LComm faculty have posted on Blackboard helpful lectures and reading assignments on “How to Read a Case” and “How to Brief a Case.” Our Law Librarians have also posted a series of modules on “Legal Information: Theory and Practice.” To ensure you are ready to hit the ground running, you will want to dedicate time to reviewing all these modules. 



Please review this Checklist of important reminders and tasks to be completed prior to the first day of classes. Please pay close attention to deadlines to ensure your transition is smooth and stress-free.



Your future colleagues are connecting on the University of Miami School of Law Class of 2023 Facebook group. If you have not done so already, we encourage you to submit a request to join the group.  If you have questions about Orientation, please feel free to e-mail Admissions@law.miami.edu.

Once again, while our Orientation programs are mandatory, we ask that you please register online by July 29th.  We look forward to seeing you in August. In the meantime, we wish you a safe and enjoyable rest of the summer!


- Miami Law Orientation Committee


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